Tooth sensitivity is a common name for dentin hypersensitivity or root sensitivity. If hot, cold, sweet or very acidic foods and drinks, or breathing in cold air, makes your teeth or a tooth sensitive or painful then you have sensitive teeth.

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Sensitive teeth? Causes and treatments.

Have you ever felt pain or discomfort after a bite of ice cream or hot coffee? If so, you may have sensitive teeth. While discomfort caused by cold or hot food could be a sign of a cavity, it’s also a common symptom in people who have sensitive teeth.
When you have sensitive teeth, some activities such as eating, drinking, brushing may cause you sharp temporary pain. It happens when dentin is exposed to food or brushing. Dentin is the softer tooth layer that lies beneath the hard enamel surface. Sensitive teeth are typically the result of worn tooth enamel. But the good news is that sensitive teeth are easily treated with a change in your oral hygiene regimen. Now let’s look into symptoms of Sensitive teeth.

Causes of sensitive teeth:

People with sensitive teeth experience pain or discomfort against some food or drinks. the causes of food or condition could be:

Hot food and Beverages

Cold food and Beverages

Cold Air

Sweet foods and beverages

Acidic food and beverages

Coldwater, especially during routine dental cleaning

Brushing or flossing teeth

Alcohol-based mouth rinses

Usually sensitive teeth are treated with a change in the oral hygiene regime. However, If the measures such as changing the toothpaste don’t work, talk to your dentist about it.

The treatment for sensitivity :

During the consultation, the dentist will examine the causes of sensitive teeth. The dentist will treat the affected teeth with desensitizing products such as fluoride, Gels, Rinses and varnishes. In some rare cases, the sensitivity can take time to settle, so you may require several visits to the dentist.

How to prevent sensitive teeth?

Stop Brushing the teeth so hard: Brushing harder side-to-side with gum can make enamel go away faster, people with sensitive teeth should use soft-bristled brushes for brushing.

Avoid Acidic food and drinks: 

The food with acidic nature will wear out the enamel of the teeth, so you should consider avoiding acidic food as much as possible. If you do eat something Acidic, don’t brush immediately. Wait for an hour or so to strengthen
before you scrub. Soda, sticky candy, High sugar carbs are the foods that attack the enamel of the teeth. You can replace that food with 

  • Fibre-rich fruits and Vegetables
  • Cheese 
  • Milk
  • Plain Yogurt

Unclench your teeth:

teeth grinding wears away the enamel of a tooth. Addressing the root cause of your teeth grinding can help you to sustain enamel or stop further enamel decay. Measures such as fitting mouth guards can help. If the problem is severe,
you may need dental work to change your teeth position.

Bleaching : 

The desire for white tooth may cause tooth sensitivity, discuss with your dentist if the treatment is causing you sensitivity on your teeth. Usually, the sensitivity from bleaching is temporary. consultation with your dentist should give you an idea of whether you should continue the treatment.

References:

Sensitive Teeth: Causes, Symptoms, Treatments, and More (healthline.com)

Sensitive teeth: What treatments are available? – Mayo Clinic

Sensitive Teeth – Heat and Cold Sensitivity – American Dental Association (mouthhealthy.org)